Government has commended the Development Aid from People to People (Dapp) for contributing to the growth of the education sector through training of thousands of teachers in its colleges spread across the country.
Deputy Minister of Education Vincent Ghambi made the remarks at Dowa Dapp Teachers Traing College (TTC) last Friday during the graduation of 160 student teachers comprising 100 females and 60 males.
Ghambi said government alone cannot reduce the teacher-pupil ratio currently hovering around 1:120.
The deputy minister emphasised that an increase in the teacher-pupil ratio could lead to dwindling education standards.
“We are highly indebted to Dapp, which is working tirelessly to reduce this ratio through its TTCs. One striking thing about Dapp-trained teachers is their willingness to work in hard-to-reach rural areas and rarely strike when the ministry delays their salaries,” he said.
Dapp Malawi country director Lisbeth Thomsen assured government that her organisation will continue supporting efforts to improve the quality of education in the country.
Dapp Malawi started training primary school teachers in 2003 at its Chilangoma TTC located in Traditional Authority Kuntaja in Blantyre.
The organisation has since opened TTCs in Mzimba, Dowa and Thyolo.